As we kick off another busy week filled with of all kinds of entertaining things, take a look below at Eventful Capital’s weekly picks for ideas on noteworthy events happening around Ottawa-Gatineau in the coming days.
If you’ve dreamed about singing in a choir but didn’t think you had time or talent, consider joining the new 613 Casual Choir, set to meet twice a month. Inspired by Toronto’s Choir!Choir!Choir!, the Ottawa model is quite simple: show up, pay $2 for the song sheet, choose your harmony part (high, medium, low), workshop the parts as a group, belt it out and feel awesome! For more info, just click below.
This Wednesday, February 5, head over to Pressed Cafe for the 4th Ottawa Zine Off. The concept: Make a zine on the quick and bring 15-25 copies to trade with other zine-making people. You can participate even if you don’t bring a zine, but organizers encourage you to be creative and make one.
Toronto indie/art-rock group The Darcys will be performing live at Zaphods this Wednesday, February 5. The four-member band, who had to cancel its last show in Ottawa due to illness, will be performing with special guests Those Gulls and Trees.
Cracking Up The Capital is celebrating 10 years of support for mental health with its 2014 edition being held from Wednesday, February 5 to February 8. The comedy festival presents a night with CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud stand-up comedians, Improv Games, a Women of Comedy evening and a Finale featuring Mary Walsh, Patrick McKenna, Frank Spadone, Jean Paul, Jim McNally and more.To get the full lineup and program, just click below. If you’re into photography, you should check out Inkerman, a new photo exhibition by Michael Marquette being presented at the School of Photographic Arts of Ottawa (SPAO). The vernissage is being held this Thursday, February 6 inside the Exposure Gallery.
SAW Video invites you to the ByTowne Cinema this Thursday to view the 2014 edition of RESOLUTION, the annual screening of new members’ works. This eclectic event showcases Ottawa’s vibrant filmmaking scene with something for everyone, including drama, documentary, animation and experimental video art.
Organized by Art for Justice, the Sweet Brown Sugar Baadasssss Black Power exhibition will present works celebrating the black counter-culture of the 1970s. The vernissage, taking place on February 6 at the Hintonburg Public House will include jazz, soul and funk music, a Black Power montage projection and some raw and funky art work.
This Thursday, February 6, Vancouver’s Destroyer (Dan Bejar) will be giving a solo performance at St. Alban’s Church. The indie pop rock singer-songwriter, who gained recognition in the late 90s, will be joined on stage by Linsey Wellman on saxophone & Gary Franks on modular synth for a warm-up collaborative improv set.
If you’re a fan of EDM, there’s a good chance you’ll want to head over to Babylon this Thursday, February 6 for the Ottawa leg of the Smog City Tour featuring live sets by producers 12th Planet, HeRobust, Two Fresh, Starkey, and Steady.
The Ottawa Fashion Week’s Fall/Winter 2014 edition starts this Thursday, February 6 and takes place until Sunday, February 9. Local and national designers will have the opportunity to present their upcoming collections at the Hilton Lac Leamy in front of media, members of the pubic, dignitaries and celebrities from the Canadian fashion industry. For the full schedule and for ticket information, simply click below.
Confederation Park, also known as Crystal Garden during Winterlude, will turn into a giant outdoor dance floor this Friday. The Culture Shock Dance Troupe will show you some moves while DJ Matt Tamblyn brings you an energetic selection of upbeat dance tunes. This event is free and open to everyone.
Spectrasonic and punkottawa.com present The Balconies live in concert this Friday at Ritual as part of the Fast Motions Album Release Tour. The Toronto rock group will be accompanied by local bands Say Yes and Eagleson.
The February edition of Hip Hop Karaoke is happening this Friday at Ritual. If you want to perform aka get on stage and impersonate Drake by doing that jam you spent hours memorizing in front of your mirror or if you just want to support as a member of the audience, click below for everything you need to know.
Frenzy celebrates 4 years of Friday night parties at Babylon on February 7 with special guest producer Ryan Hemsworth. The WeDidIt affiliate who’s embraced the Frenzy family will be giving a live set alongside Iggy Smalls and Foster. Based on the past two editions featuring Kaytranada and Thugli, this is sure to be another banger.
The adult consumer show that is Sexapalooza is being held at Convention Centre this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sexapalooza offers live entertainment, educational workshops, a Sex Museum, and shopping. Grab more info by clicking on the banner below.
If you enjoy new sounds and improvisation, be sure to make your way over to Pressed Cafe on Saturday, February 8 to listen to soulful noise duet Eschaton from Hamilton, Ontario. They’ll share the stage with the Adam Saikaley Quintet and electro-acoustic folk duo Bosveld, two groups based out of Ottawa.
The Treble will be stopping by the National Capital this Saturday as part of the group’s Northern Lights Tour. The Winnipeg pop/folk-rock group will be performing live at Zaphods with Ottawa indie rock band Bronson Novella and Ottawa folk rock formation Cody Allen. This Saturday at Mugshots, the Fryquency Series presents live sets by bands The Yips, Wicked Witches and Dirty Frigs. Bruised Tongue Recs’ The Yips always give great performances and Toronto’s Wicked Witches are sure to deliver some solid garage pop rock. Over at Irene’s Pub this Saturday, a nice lineup of local singer-songwriters will be giving a live show. For the occasion, musicians Jon Hynes, Patrick Shanks, Catriona Sturton and Chris Page will be performing solo sets alongside one another.
Across the river at the Petit Chicago, la Roda de Samba presents Samba ao Ary, a night of traditional samba music and dance this Saturday, February 8. If you want to warm up and sing and dance the night away Brazilian style, be sure to make it out for this.
Local francophone singer-songwriter Antoni Gilbert is giving a live performance at Le Troquet over in the Hull sector of Gatineau this Saturday night. He’ll be presenting new material joined by his musicians, and special guest Francis Belmont will open the night to warm things up.
West Coast house music DJ Luke McKeehan will be in Ottawa this Saturday. For the occasion, the Nordic Trax DJ will be giving a live set at Mercury Lounge filled with deep, tech and jackin’ house music.
The Manx Pub, known for encouraging local visual artists by featuring their work, presents “I Don’t Know These People” a series of portraits by Dan Metcalfe. The opening night is being held this Sunday and the artwork will be exhibited throughout the month of February.